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Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts

High court rules that failure to publish details of contracts within 30 days was transparency breach

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The health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted unlawfully by failing to publish multibillion-pound Covid-19 government contracts within the 30-day period required by law, a high court judge has ruled.

The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, ruled the failure to do so breached the “vital public function” of transparency over how “vast quantities” of taxpayers’ money was being spent.

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